Monthly Archives: March 2011

A Musician Who KNOWS

When reading George Lewis‘ brilliant biography of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), A Power Stronger Than Itself, one of many AACM tenets that struck me was the fact that they stressed diversity in their members; diversity … Continue reading

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FOLLOW THE INDEPENDENT EAR ON TWITTER

Tweeting: @IndyEar… March 23-27 live from Cape Town and the annual Cape Town Jazz Festival

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Sista’s Place (part 2)

Our conversation with Viola Plummer, Roger Wareham, and Ahmed Abdullah of Sista’s Place, Brooklyn’s vibrant Saturday night jazz series, continues… The last time I visited Sista’s Place, to hear a rough & ready band featuring Hamiet Bluiett, D.D. Jackson, Andrew … Continue reading

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African Rhythms tops Critics’ Poll

Special thanks to the critics and journalists who participated in the 2010 JazzTimes magazine Year in Review Critics’ Poll (see March 2011 issue with the Henry Threadgill cover) for selecting African Rhythms the autobiography of Randy Weston (Composed by Randy … Continue reading

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Jimmy Heath: “I Walked with Giants”

Last month as part of the 2nd annual Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, the great NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath was on hand to perform with the Whit Williams Quintet. His performance once again showed how there’s nothing quite like veteran mastery. … Continue reading

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